Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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French Connections

French Connections album cover
Format: CD
Label: Linn Records
Release date: November 2015
Catalogue no: CKD477

The breadth of repertoire on French Connections showcases Ainsley's range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie's Friendly Persuasions is dedicated.

The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc's life. In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.

The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc's greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.

Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley's friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.

Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work. (Synopsis by Linn Records)

Performed by Malcolm Martineau (piano) & John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Songs of Lennox Berkeley

Songs of Lennox Berkeley album cover
Format: CD
Label: Chandos Records
Release date: June 2009
Catalogue no: CHAN10528

Performed by James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano) & Alison Nicholls (harp)

The Best of British Composers

The Best of British Composers album cover
Format: CD
Label: EMI
Release date: October 2003
Catalogue no: 5 85156 2

Features no. 5 of the Five Poems of W H Auden, Carry Her Over the Water

Performed by Ernest Lush (piano) & Thomas Hemsley (baritone)

Britten/Berkeley: Auden songs

Britten/Berkeley: Auden songs album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Naxos
Release date: September 2003
Catalogue no: 8.557204

Another of the 2003 releases from Naxos is a collection of settings of words by WH Auden, recorded by Philip Langridge (tenor), with Steuart Bedford (piano).

A Lennox Berkeley Centenary Album

A Lennox Berkeley Centenary Album album cover
Format: CD
Label: EMI
Release date: August 2003
Catalogue no: 585 1382

Track 32 is the Polka (op. 5/1) played by Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (2 pianos, 3 hands)

Performed by the Collegium Musicum Londinii, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Dennis Brain (horn), Colin Horsley (piano), Pamela Bowden (contralto), John Minchinton (conductor), Manoug Parikian (violin), Ernest Lush (piano), Thomas Hemsley (baritone), Phyllis Sellick, Cyril Smith, Andrew Davis, David Willcocks (conductor), Christopher Hughes, Stephen Cleobury (conductor) & Thomas Rose

Janet Baker

Janet Baker album cover
Format: CD
Label: BBC Legends
Release date: April 2003
Catalogue no: BBCL41172

Performed by Janet Baker & Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Favourite English Songs

Favourite English Songs album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Chandos Records
Release date: August 2002
Catalogue no: CHAN 6653

Features O lurcher-loving collier (no. 2) from Five Poems by W H Auden

Performed by Felicity Lott (soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

A Century Of English Song, Volume 1

A Century Of English Song, Volume 1 album cover
Format: CD
Label: Somm
Release date: January 1998
Catalogue no: SOMMCD213

Performed by Sarah Leonard (soprano) & Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, W H Auden

Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, W H Auden album cover
Format: CD
Label: Collins Classics
Release date: January 1998
Catalogue no: 14902

Performed by Steuart Bedford (conductor) & Philip Langridge